M. Balcells Neurosciences and History 2013;1(2):54-63
Type of article: ORIGINAL
M.Balcells Department of neurology. Hospital Sagrat Cor, Barcelona, Spain.
Introduction. This article describes the great Central African expeditions and compares the neurological signs of malaria and African trypanosomiasis with symptoms described by the eminent explorers Stanley, Livingstone, Speke, and Burton.
Methods. We studied explorers' experiences using historical research and their direct accounts.
Results. Some 120 years after the events analysed here took place, malaria is still a major health problem in parts of Central Africa. Although these authors' clinical accounts are very brief, sometimes appearing as mere notes in a diary, they are of great historical interest.
Cerebral malaria, African trypanosomiasis, Central African expeditions, history of neurology in the 19th century.
Neurosciences and History 2013;1(2):54-63
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